Square Christmas Wreath
Made from plumbing supplies

My house is a bit of a dichotomy. The front of it boasts a neat English garden complete with white picket fence and the historical charm only a home built in the 1800’s can have. The appearance would suggest it’s owned by a tight lipped, conservative teetottler.

The back of my house is stucco, surrounded by modern plantings and a very contemporary fence. The appearance would suggest it’s owned by someone who throws her head back in laughter in between mixing up martinis and entertaining witty, spectacular looking cocktail party guests.

Business in the front, party in the back.

I own a mullet house.

Because of this I can have different Christmas decorations on the two parts of the house. Classic on the front, and a little more modern in the back. So while hanging this square Christmas wreath might not look great on my front door, it’s the perfect thing for my back gate.

This is a great way to use up some of that leftover garland you have shoved in Tupperware bins or garbage bags in your basement. In addition to the garland you need a few do-dads and might have to make a trip to your local hardware store.


The Square Christmas wreath is assembled out of:

5 – 6 feet of thick garland or 12 feet of cheap, sparse garland (double up the cheap stuff)

66 inches of 1/2 ” plastic plumbing pipe


4, 1/2″ 90° plastic elbows

Twist ties or thin wire

An assortment of Decorative Doo dads (pinecones, birch twigs, glittery leaves, etc.

Mini lights

Cut your plastic pipe to 4 lengths of 16.5 “

Insert the pipe into your 4 elbows

Once all the pieces are inserted into all the elbows, you’ll have a square frame for your wreath.

Lay your garland around your frame.  Technically your garland should not have the lights on it at this point.  This garland is my nieces and I stole it from her.  She already had mini lights on it.  She angered me with her mini light application because she ran the lights around and around the garland, resulting in a big knotted mess of lights that was almost impossible to remove.  I eventually did remove it.  Yay for me.

Attach the garland to the plastic frame with wire.  Do this all around the wreath until all of the garland is secured.

Now all you have to do is add your lights and do-dads.

It’s easier if you hang the wreath up to do this.  That way you can see exactly how it’s going to look.

On a side note, if you happen to have one of these crappy, Dollar Store, velvet covered wreath hangers … if you remove the ugly fluorescent red velvet covering on it you’ll discover …

A slightly more pleasing, plain white metal hanger!

I hate to overuse this phrase, but ..  Yay for me.

Hang your wreath and take a look.

This garland came with a few pinecones attached, so it looks pretty good as is, but it can definitely look better.

NOW you can put your mini lights on.  Instead of running them around and around the wreath, lay the lights on top in a zig zag fashion.

This way if your lights need to be replaced you can easily remove them.  And it won’t make you swear inside your head.  At your niece.

Once the lights are on you can add in your pomegranates, birch twigs, leaves and pinecones. I chose to restrain myself and just add some large pinecones and sparkly gold leaves. To attach the pinecones, just hook some wire around the pinecone and then tie it to the wreath.

And instead of using the big sprig of gold Dollarama leaves, I ripped each one out and stick them on the wreath individually.

Just start sticking things in wherever you think they’ll look good.

If you were wrong, and they don’t look good at all … reposition them.

With a little luck, it’ll look good.  All for the price of some plastic plumbing pipe and a few plastic elbows.

Unless you’re me, in which case you had these things laying around your basement.

The plastic pipe will run you about $5 and the elbows around 50 ¢ each.

Ta da.

And from other angles …

Fa la la la la, la la la laaaaaaaaaa.  Now, who’d like a martini?


  1. Bill Grigg says:

    “Mullet house” made me throw my head back in laughter.

    I like my martinis dirty, please.

  2. Helen says:

    girlfriend, you rock like a tube sock!

    I will not even attempt to be witty or clever here b/c it will merely pale in comparison to your awesome ingenuity. I bow to you.. bowing.. bowing again…

  3. Rock on girl. I love me some PVC.

    I take mine dirty, three olives, served up. Grey Goose if you have it. That’s my favorite drink, thanks for offering.


  4. marilyn says:

    mullet house was too too funny.canadian tire won’t know what hit them and houses everywhere will be sporting square wreaths..oh the power.

  5. Todd@PhitZone says:

    What, you didn’t drill holes in the tubing, and run the lights internally? MacGyver would’ve done that. 🙂
    Seriously, that looks cool. You are like the MacGyver of arts & crafts class.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Amazing as always — and perfect for any Billy Ray back gate (though I’d also love it on my front door). Great idea to use the plumbing pipe; I made a square wreath using a retired picture frame as a base and had to add felt to the back to keep from scratching my door. Thank you for yet another creative, elegant (and entertainingly written) holiday decorating idea.

  7. lisa says:

    You know, an old picture frame that I found in my crawl space would be perfect for this too… and I could staple the garlands directly to the frame. This is a brilliant project.

  8. Yvonne Hsu says:

    Where/what is it that you have this lovely wreath hanging? What kind of wood is it? I love how clean and modern the structure looks, especially with that black iron metal handle hung horizontally. Okay, so I was distracted and couldn’t just focus on the wreath….

  9. F GILMER says:

    I love this and it looks wonderful. Thanks for posting the tutorial.

  10. Yvonne says:

    I re-read your article. I see that it’s your back gate. Did you put together that gate, too?!

  11. Yvonne says:

    Thank you, Karen! You’re amazing.

  12. Melody says:

    Ingenius!! Off to the hubby’s plumbing stash I go!

  13. Fifi says:

    Yay for THEE! Very pretty.

  14. Great minds think alike since I just finished up my own wreath project! And honestly, “mullet house” should be trademarked!

  15. Michelle says:

    Thinking outside the square as always 😉 Love it

  16. Sherron says:

    Hah! You had me at teetottler!! LOL Teetotaler? I’m not usually partial to wreaths but the square really does it for me. Spices things up a bit!

  17. dianmo says:

    Don’t like martinis, but I do like your wreath. I always like something a little different. Don’t have time this year……hmmmm…maybe after Christmas – display it all winter. tfs

  18. Anemone says:

    offf courseee!!! A square wreath!!! OMG!!! I LOVE IT!!! I was fed up for round balls, round wreaths…round and round… This is great!! You just saved my decor

  19. Lisa Canning says:

    You are so clever! Love it.

  20. Loved this wreath! It’s posted on my Facebook and Twitter. Thank you for the ingenious use of plumbing materials.

  21. Great and creative idea, my husband is a plumber and is always leaving supplies all over the house, at least I now have a use for it all. Perfect and just in time for Christmas.

  22. chola says:

    Great staff

  23. AmyLee says:

    Once again great laughs & a WONDERFUL project! I think it’s awesome that you have created a home with 2 different styles. What fun! I’ll drink a martini with you & make a toast to your creativity, uniqueness, & fun loving life. Thank you 4 taking the time 2 document it & share it with me & so many others!

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